The main projects during Phase-I were:
Household resource management and Socio-economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA)
The SEAGA technical guide on Household Resource Management (HRM) was developed and tested in Namibia. The guide was specifically adapted to the Namibian situation and includes information on domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse. The guide was revised by the host institution, the African Institutional Management Services (AIMS). The final version of the Namibian HRM guide has been revised into a global SEAGA HRM Guide.
A SEAGA Training of Trainers (ToT) was organized in collaboration with the University of Namibia in May 2000. The participants were equipped with skills and knowledge on gender analysis, SEAGA approaches, tools and methods, so they themselves can conduct workplace training. As a result of this activity and the above the HRM Guide, the National Facilitator received several requests from ministries and other institutes to assist them in gender mainstreaming.
Curriculum development and incorporating gender
The Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the University of Namibia was responsible for implementing this project. The objectives were to sensitise staff and students on gender related issues and create capacity for curriculum development that incorporates gender related issues and concepts. A tracer study was undertaken in 2002 to measure the gender sensitivity and behaviour of current students at the FANR. The study showed that a majority of the students did have some knowledge about gender and related issues, but further sensitisation and follow-up to benefit future extension staff would be needed.
Gender disaggregated data (GDD)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development implemented this protocol in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics and research institutions. Activities included a review of existing data and data collection instruments and capacity building within the agricultural sector in statistical activities. Increased knowledge and capacity in GDD provide valuable inputs to the agricultural surveys and censuses that are taking take place in the country.
Regional freshwater fisheries research and management collaboration
The main aim with this activity was to promote collaboration between neighbouring countries on freshwater fisheries research and management. A workshop took place in Caprivi in 2000 with participants from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Norway. The participants shared information with regard to fresh water fisheries and policies in their respective countries, and agreed upon a common vision, purpose and objectives for future collaboration.
FANR carried out the survey on peri-urban agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development and the Municipalities/Local Authorities from Windhoek and Oshakati. The objectives were to produce a list of current farming activities, assess the levels of utilization of the produce, explore the socio-cultural aspects and the gender specific constraints to peri-urban agriculture and to devise strategies for efficient peri-urban farming and transfer of the knowledge gained to other urban areas in Namibia.
Farm and animal genetic resources
The objective was to promote a better understanding and increased awareness of the importance of animal genetic resources, as well as to develop and support a country based infrastructure for the effective management of animal genetic resources. Activities included the development of a field guide with a description of selected indigenous livestock breeds in Namibia and a breed survey conducted in all 13 regions and the submission of the preliminary report. This project was linked to and added value to the UNDP-funded "Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources in the SADC Sub-region" programme. In Namibia the project carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development.
The objective was to analyse research activities in Namibia and to propose ways of supporting government initiatives towards the formulation of a research policy and the establishment of a coordinating mechanism. A Draft Research Policy of Namibia has been developed and describe the policy architecture, the policy framework and funding policies, and outlines the key principles and objectives of the Namibian research policy. The draft research policy will be presented to the Cabinet for approval. The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Employment Creation was in collaboration with the The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, the National Planning Commission and the University of Namibia responsible for this activity.